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Waiting on Wednesday: Great House

September 15, 2010

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is: 

 

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The novel consists of four stories divided among eight chapters, all touching on themes of loss and recovery, and anchored to a massive writing desk that resurfaces among numerous households, much to the bewilderment and existential tension of those in its orbit, among them a lonely American novelist clinging to the memory of a poet who has mysteriously vanished in Chile, an old man in Israel facing the imminent death of his wife of 51 years, and an esteemed antiques dealer tracking down the things stolen from his father by the Nazis.
This title will be released on October 12, 2010.


What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Reversal

September 8, 2010

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:

  

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.

With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.
This title will be released on October 5, 2010.


What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: The False Friend

September 1, 2010

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is: 

 

The False Friend by Myla Goldberg

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past.

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences.
This title will be released on October 5, 2010.


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Friday Five: Bookmarked

August 27, 2010

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I’ve been using the bookmarking website delicious since library school. I love that all my bookmarks can be saved in the “cloud” so I can view them on any computer (or even my iPhone!) anywhere at any time. Here are five things that I’ve bookmarked this week.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths I’ve thought about donating my hair, but I’ve never actually done it. This summer I cut off about 4 inches, and I’ve been thinking about growing it out again. Donating my hair would be a perfect reason for me to start growing it out. With the help of some of my awesome tweeps, I discovered the Pantene Beautiful Lengths website.

Creative Scrappers When I am starting a new layout, I start with a sketch. I am not usually one of those people who have an idea in their head of how their layout is going to look before they get started. I like to borrow ideas from others, and I use sketches to do it. I’ve been on the hunt for good sketch websites, and the Creative Scrappers website definitely fits the bill.

The User Experience: Services Before Content Aaron Schmidt writes a Library Journal column on User Experience. I’m a huge fan of the column because it does such a good job at examining user experience and how it applies to libraries. This column, in particular, was a good one. Schmidt points out that we should be focusing on creating rather than content. This is an interesting idea and I think that libraries should really take it to heart. How can we help our patrons accomplish their goals and provide the services they need to achieve their vision?

Mini Vacation Scrapbook Album I’m really into mini albums lately. I’ve been using them to document single events rather than trying to cram a billion photos on one layout. I really love this album idea from Scrapbooks Etc. is really great because it mixes different page formats. We’re going on a road trip in October to explore the Mississippi River Byway, and this album will be a great way to document that long weekend.

My Piece of Heaven I stumbled across Corinne Delis‘ blog when I was looking for inspiration for my scrap room. There are some great photos here of Corinne’s scrap room, and some great inspiration for me! I really love that she’s included inspiration pieces in her space. It’s all so nice and neat and well kept that it makes me drool. Seriously.

What did you bookmark this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: By Nightfall

August 25, 2010

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:

 

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Contemplating an affair that never was, SoHo art dealer Peter Harris laments that he “could see it all too clearly.” The same holds true for Cunningham’s emotionally static and drearily conventional latest (after Specimen Days). Peter and his wife, Rebecca–who edits a mid-level art magazine–have settled into a comfortable life in Manhattan’s art world, but their staid existence is disrupted by the arrival of Rebecca’s much younger brother, Ethan–known as Mizzy, short for “The Mistake.” Family golden child Mizzy is a recovering drug addict whose current whim has landed him in New York where he wants to pursue a career in “the arts.” Watching Mizzy–whose resemblance to a younger Rebecca unnerves Peter–coast through life without responsibilities makes Peter question his own choices and wonder if it’s more than Mizzy’s freedom that he covets.
This title will be released on September 28, 2010.


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Waiting on Wednesday: Healer

August 18, 2010

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s pre-publication can’t wait to read selection is:

 

Healer by Carol Wiley Cassella

Claire is at the start of her medical career when she falls in love with Addison Boehning, a biochemist with blazing genius and big dreams. A complicated pregnancy deflects Claire’s professional path, and she is forced to drop out of her residency. Soon thereafter Addison invents a simple blood test for ovarian cancer, and his biotech start-up lands a fortune. Overnight the Boehnings are catapulted into a financial and social tier they had never anticipated or sought: they move into a gracious Seattle home and buy an old ranch in the high desert mountains of eastern Washington, and Claire drifts away from medicine to become a full-time wife and mother. Then Addison gambles everything on a cutting-edge cancer drug, and when the studies go awry, their comfortable life is swept away. Claire and her daughter, Jory, move to a dilapidated ranch house in rural Hallum, where Claire has to find a job until Addison can salvage his discredited lab. Her only offer for employment comes from a struggling public health clinic, but Claire gets more than a second chance at medicine when she meets Miguela, a bright Nicaraguan immigrant and orphan of the contra war who has come to the United States on a secret quest to find the family she has lost. As their friendship develops, a new mystery unfolds that threatens to destroy Claire’s family and forces her to question what it truly means to heal.
 

This title will be released on September 7, 2010.


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Friday Five: Currently Addicted

August 13, 2010

There are a few things that I’m addicted to lately. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

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American Pickers: I never thought I would love this show as much as I do. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are two guys who drive across America picking through other people’s junk. To them, it’s not junk. It’s their next dollar. As someone who loves flea markets, I shouldn’t be surprised that I love this show so much. Another reason why I like the show is that Frank and Mike seem like really good guys. They’re generally interested in people’s stories, and they try to be fair when buying something.

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Hell’s Kitchen: I’m not anywhere close to being a chef. I don’t even like cooking that much. The whole reason I’m addicted to this show is Gordon Ramsey. His mouth is so very profane. I love it! (Sidenote: Now that the season has ended, I’m kind of at a loss.)

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Panorama from Making Memories: I discovered a new collection from Making Memories called Panorama. I am obsessed with it. I’ve been searching high and low for the paper pack, and I think I finally found it. I think it’s going to be the perfect collection to use in my road trip scrapbook.

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Greenwell Farms Coffee: I discovered Greenwell Farms five years ago, on a trip to Hawaii. One of the guidebooks highly recommended it, and since I wanted to get Kona coffee, I decided it would be the place to go. Man, was I right! A year or so after that trip, I became a member of the coffee club. Every 3 months, I get a box full of coffee goodness straight from Hawaii. It’s a pricey indulgence, but sooooo worth it.

Flea Markets: Summer is my favorite time of year, and part of the reason is all the flea markets I can go to. I love roaming around at a flea market, just to see what kind of treasures I can find. Two of the things I found this weekend was a set of four railroad crossing lights, and an old bottle of Sun Drop Cola.